Pastor Jack Hakimian is the pastor of Impact Miami Church, in Miami, Florida. Formed just over two years ago, they do not have a church building. In the interim, they have been leasing the use of the auditorium at North Miami High School. According to the church’s website,
“Both Jack and Jhael Hakimian sensed God’s call in 2008 to move to Miami from Los Angeles in order to do church planting, develop leaders and do life empowering holistic ministry. They have a passion for urban culture, ethnic diversity and a collaborative organic approach for the transformation of Miami. They believe God wants to bring deep spiritual and social change, so He is raising up a great diversified army of soldiers to engage the lost Harvest of Miami.”
Please note that Pastor Jack is all about cultural and ethnic diversity. He spends a great deal of time reaching out to the urban inner city population, praying he can make a difference in the lives of some of these people. But his heart belongs to God and he does his best to remain true to God’s Word in today’s secular world.
After all of the negative publicity generated by Dan Cathy of Chick-fil-A and his stand for biblical marriage, Pastor Jack preached a sermon entitled Bible Says Gays and Sex Addicts Can Change and Should Change about how the Bible teaches against homosexuality.
Shortly after his sermon defending what God says about marriage and that homosexuality is a sin, Miami-Dade County school superintendent Alberto Carvalho announced that the school board was reviewing the church’s lease to use the high school building for their services. Carvalho stated that the sermon “appear to be contrary to school board policy, as well as the basic principles of humanity.”
The school board has yet to take any action against the church and their lease of school facilities, but Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel has cautioned them about doing so. Staver said,
“It’s absolutely unthinkable that a government official believes that he has the opportunity and the authority to restrict someone’s speech in a church service on Sunday. The school board is a landlord in this case — and consequently, they can’t go into the privacy of the home or the privacy of the church service on Sunday.”
“This is clearly a free-speech issue. I think it also illustrates what we’ve been saying for years — that this homosexual agenda is intolerant, and they ultimately want to stop what you preach in church.”
This is another clear example that no one is permitted any more to defend the Bible and what it says about the sins our society is facing. They can bash the Bible, God and Jesus Christ all they want, but let one person like Dan Cathy or Pastor Jack Hakamian stand up to defend God’s Word and you would think they had committed a capital offense. Then again, the way our government is turning from God, it soon may be a capital offense to defend Scripture and faith in Jesus Christ. And if it comes to that during my lifetime, I will proudly and boldly stand up and profess Jesus as Lord and Savior and the Bible is the only source of absolute truth!